, Muskogee, OK

December 7, 2013

Chelf’s growth at helm draws praise from Moore

By Jason Elmquist

— By Jason Elmquist

CNHI News Service

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf quickly shed the belief that the Enid native lacked the ability to run the ball for the Cowboys with his performance the last month of the season.

But senior receiver Tracy Moore questions why anybody ever questioned Chelf’s ability to tuck the ball and go.

Moore’s lasting memory of Chelf from their high school playing days, is one of the former Enid High quarterback running against the Moore’s Tulsa Union team.

“I remember him running down the sideline and trying to jump over a pile and getting flipped and landing on his head,” Moore said. “I got really high, I don’t know if they pushed him up, but he got up there and didn’t look too well on the landing.”

Chelf and Moore have grown to be good friends, dating back to their prep days where the two schools were in the same district. The families of both players typically sit next to each other at each OSU football game, and according to Moore that was made possible by the senior receiver.

Out of high school, Chelf had committed to the University of Tulsa, but the way Moore remembers it, he talked the Cowboys starting quarterback into ditching the Golden Hurricane and joining him with the up-and-coming Cowboy program.

“He was trying to go to TU and I made him come here,” Moore said. “I told him he was never going to play at TU and told him how bad of a player he was, so he should come here. It worked out for the best.”

Perhaps its that relationship that has built over the years that is now paying off on the gridiron. Moore, who was given the chance for another senior season after sustaining an early-season injury in 2012, has grown to become Chelf’s top target late in the season.

The Tulsa native has caught a touchdown pass from Chelf in each of the last four games — including a two-TD outing against Kansas — and now leads Oklahoma State in receiving yards with 595 — 40 yards ahead of Josh Stewart, who missed the Texas game.

“Me and Clint are really close. Me and Clint are a lot closer than me and J.W. (Walsh) just because of how long we’ve been here and the things we’ve been through as freshmen together — just like Josh has with J.W.,” Moore said. “I’m just a lot more comfortable with Clint.”

In fact, Moore is wondering when Oklahoma State will start a campaign similar to the Weeden2Blackmon campaign in the historic 2011 season.

Perhaps MooreChelf? That does appear to be Oklahoma State’s greatest offensive weapon coming down the final stretch, especially when you include receiver Charlie Moore — who trails the Tulsa Union product by just one in receiving touchdowns.

“We talk about it all the time. They had the W2B, we’ve got the C2M but looking like it’s with two Moores,” Tracy said.